This chapter discusses the history of the intellectual property and its ethical and legal foundations. The chapter provides an overview of the U.S. intellectual property system and discusses patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and ownership of research data. It also examines some key pieces of intellectual property legislation and intellectual property cases. The chapter also discusses some ethical controversies, such as patents on biological materials.Note: Nothing in this chapter should be taken as a legal advice. Engaging an intellectual property attorney is recommended in the event of contemplating issues related to a patents, copyrights, or trademarks.
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